Welcome to InsideHook’s Staff Picks, a compendium of all the things our editors have been digging on recently.
Breezy Linen Pivot Shirt by Outlier
NYC's Outlier has made its bones selling traditional staple items in very untraditional performance fabrics, like their Dyneema-infused jeans, which are basically lighter-weight motorcycle pants. The newest addition to the collection is this shirt, which offers a superior range of movement thanks to Outlier's clever "pivot" sleeve construction and super high-quality Italian linen. But my favorite detail is the hidden button-down collar: linen collars, like your lady friend's curls, can get unruly under humid conditions, so this solves that problem without giving you the very un-summery appearance of a visible collar button. — Walker Loetscher, Editor in Chief
Adan Bar Stools
I spent last Saturday helping my brother move to his new apartment in the East Village. Amid an exhausting day full of Swiffering and playing life-sized Tetris with the back of the car, there emerged a real winner in these leather-backed bar stools from Adan, which he'd picked out for his kitchen island. They took 10 minutes of assembly, weigh next to nothing and offer a sturdy bucket seat. Quite a looker too, for that price. — Tanner Garrity, Associate Editor
I'm not typically a "technical fabric" type of guy, especially when it comes to clothes I'm going to wear outside of the gym. But Redvanly created what they set out to: a polo that wicks away sweat but cuts an acceptable figure away from the tennis court/golf course. I really dig the contrasting sleeve tips and collar. — Eli London, Director of Partnerships and User Acquisition
Fronteer x Topo Designs Super Gratton
Taking inspiration from vintage mountaineering gear, these hi-tops are a wonderful interpretation that would not look out of place on the trail. They're made from water-resistant suede and canvas, with a thick Vibram outsole for extra traction. Pair them with some cuffed denim and you've got an easy go-to summer look. — Michael Nolledo, Deputy Editor/Chicago Editor
Todd Snyder x Champion Pocket Sweatshirt
While everyone else focuses on shorts and tees, my one warm-weather essential is the pullover sweatshirt. For those like myself who seek out any and all bodies of water from May to August, this fine-tuned pocket pullover will serve you well when the sun goes down. A wide array of summer colors are available, but I'm partial to this Nantucket Red. Toss it in your bag for the beach bonfire, or don with some khakis and hit the lakeside patio. — Alex Lauer, Associate Editor
Fader Fort: Setting the Stage
Full disclosure, your correspondent is a sucker for a good band photograph — probably due to intense subconscious FOMO stemming from a lifetime lack of any discernible musical talent whatsoever. But I can still live vicariously via this killer tome from the folks at Fader, whose humble hotel-room hangout for bands killing time at SXSX has grown over the last 15 years into one of the festival's premier events. With a stunning collection of fly-on-the-wall candids, gorgeous portraits and raucous performance snaps of the 900+ acts that have graced the FF stage, I guarantee this is that one coffee table book your guests actually pick up and flip through. — Danny Agnew, Creative Director
While I can’t pull these off, I truly dig the micro-floral prints on these short-sleeve shirts from this (relatively new) West Coast brand. Lemme lose some winter weight and I’ll get back to you. — Kirk Miller, Managing Editor/Nation Editor
THE BEST THING WE DRANK THIS WEEK
When Gregorian forces conspire to make Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo fall on the same day, a dilemma is born: Bourbon or tequila? If you opt for the latter, you'll do no better than Qui Platinum Extra Añejo Tequila, an extra añejo with a curious appearance: it's a blanco, despite the fact it's aged three years in American Whiskey and French Bordeaux barrels. How? A special filtration process that precedes the bottling, which makes for an exceptionally smooth sipping experience. Qui compares favorably with Casa Dragones Joven (the best neat tequila we've ever had, period), but at a fraction of the price: you can order a bottle online for just $60 — whereas Casa D will run you close to $300. Plus? Use code INSIDEHOOK for $10 off AND $5 shipping.
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